REVIEW: OPI Bond Girls Collection (as previewed here)
The more textured polishes I try, the more I am liking this new trend! Today I have the Bond Girls collection to show you, which features six brand new Liquid Sand polishes from OPI. These polishes will be available in stores at the beginning of May this year.
Oh my, this was the first polish I swatched in this set and I fell in love instantly! Solitaire is a white textured polish with silver sparkles. I highly recommend this polish for a bride! It’s just so elegant and clean and would match perfectly with a shining diamond ring. ;) This is just two thin coats and NO top coat.
Pussy Galore is a cotton candy pink textured polish with a beautiful fuchsia shimmer. Unfortunately I could not capture it with my camera, but believe me when I tell you that this polish looks much, much better in person. This is two coats.
Tiffany Case is a frosty blue with silver sparkles. The formula is fantastic and I only needed to use one coat for full coverage.
Vesper was a surprise for me! It appears a bit muddy in the bottle (almost brownish), and I was not expecting a deep aubergine color to come out. With one coat, you can see a jelly purple with black glitter, but after applying the second coat, you can no longer see them. I’m on the fence about this color because the outcome looks a bit like bumpy leather…
Honey Ryder is gold in a bottle! The textured finish brought back memories of when I was in the fourth grade learning about the California gold rush. We went on a field trip and got to pan for gold in the river. I found several pieces of pyrite which looked and felt exactly like Honey Ryder. Whoops, I’m getting off topic, but I’m just trying to tell you that I love this polish! ;)
Jinx is a stunning coral jelly with a mesmerizing golden shimmer. Oh, it is absolutely amazing in the sun - you’ve got to try it! This is two coats. I am going to go ahead and say that this will be the most popular shade from this collection!
OPI Liquid Sand lacquers should always be worn without top coat (but that shouldn’t stop you from experimenting, hehe).
Bond Girls by OPI nail lacquers feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. These six new shades will be available beginning May 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, JCP Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
Products provided for an honest review.
REVIEW: OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection (as previewed here)
Hello, hello everyone! Today I have swatches from OPI’s Oz The Great and Powerful collection to show you. Six polishes from this collection are part of OPI’s SoftShades collection and the last one is part of the newest Liquid Sand set.
Although I would have expected OPI to make an Oz collection bright and colorful, I must say that I am enjoying the clean, porcelain-look I get from these polishes.
I Theodora You is a delicate, baby pink jelly-creme. It is sheer, but builds up very nicely with three coats. Application is smooth and flawless!
Here I have Lights of Emerald City layered on top of I Theodora You. This is a very cute mix of white square and iridescent glitter in a clear base. You can layer it over any polish you choose.
Don’t Burst My Bubble is a lovely porcelain jelly. I have on three coats. It gives you a very clean, crisp manicure.
Which is Witch? is a glitter bomb containing a mixture of silver hex and silver bar glitter. This looks quite similar to OPI’s Servin’ Up Sparkle, but with bar glitter added. I layered Which is Witch? over Don’t Burst My Bubble.
Glints of Glinda is a tan jelly polish. Here I have on three coats, but you can still see my nail lines. This polish would look better on shorter nails, but because I have longer nails, it makes it look as though they are incredibly stained underneath. I will have to give this polish a try again when I decide to go back to nubbies.
When Monkeys Fly! is a mixture of huge gold hex and some smaller iridescent hex glitter. Okay, so there has been a lot of complaints about the curling in this polish and OPI listened! If you have a bottle of When Monkeys Fly! and you are unhappy with it, OPI mentioned on their Facebook page (click here) that they will replace it with another polish from this collection. I actually do not mind the curling because it looks a lot worse than it really is.
Here I am showing you the front view compared to the free edge view. You can see that the giant gold glitter look like tacos, but when you look from the side, it really does not stick out. Some of the corners of the hex are lifted off the nail, so if that bothers you, use an extra helping of top coat. No big deal!
And finally, this is the Liquid Sand shade called What Wizardry is This? This is a pretty brown textured polish with a bit of a bronze shimmer. I used two coats here.
So what do you think? My top picks from this collection are I Theodora You, Lights of Emerald City, and Don’t Burst My Bubble.
This limited edition promotion is available now at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
Products provided for an honest review.
REVIEW: Zoya PixeDust Collection
Good morning! Today I will be showing you swatches of Zoya’s PixeDust collection. These beautiful glitter polishes dry to a matte finish with a bit of a grainy texture to imitate fairy pixie dust. Though the word ‘grainy,’ may make you cringe, I can assure you that the gritty finish is not at all bothersome. The finish makes for an eye-catching manicure, so it’s something that you will need to try for yourself to decide whether you love it or not.
In these swatches, I used two coats of the PixieDust polish for each. I am also showing you how they look with a generous helping of top coat if having a grainy manicure is just not your thing. Enjoy! :)
First up is Dahlia, a black base with silver sparkles. This polish imitates the look of the beautiful night sky when it is flooded with a million stars.
Dahlia with top coat. (No Photoshopping here - my skin tone looks different compared to the previous picture because I accidentally moved a lamp too close to my lightbox for this photo, whoops!)
Chyna is a stunning ruby red sparkle! This color truly reminds me of Dorothy’s ruby slippers and the texture makes my nails look like they are covered in sequins.
Chyna with top coat.
Do my nails look like they are covered in sugar? :) This is Godiva, the nude sparkle of this collection. You can see my nail lines here, so I suggest layering Godiva over an opaque nude polish first if visible nail lines (VNL) aren’t your thing.
Godiva with top coat.
Vespa is a watermelon-rind-green sparkle. I just love this green - it makes my nails look fresh and ready for the springtime. Again, there is VNL here, so use a similar color for the base before using Vespa.
Vespa with top coat.
Nyx is a cute, periwinkle sparkle. Love!
Nyx with top coat.
And this is London, a gray sparkle.
London with top coat.
Are these textured polishes cool or what? This is the newest nail trend and I am absolutely loving it! The Zoya PixieDust collection is available NOW on the Zoya website (click here) for $9/bottle or $54 for the entire collection. Get yours now and wow your friends with these fairy-like manicures. ;)
Products provided for review.
REVIEW: Shimmer Polish
“Shimmery inspirations of nail polish within a bottle!”
Does the above photo excite you? Are you as crazy about glitter polish as I am? Today I have 12 sparkling glitter mixtures from Shimmer Polish to show you! All of these polishes can be worn alone with 2-3 coats or can be layered over another color for a different look.
The formula for all of these polishes are perfect - smooth application and non-goopy, which is awesome for glitter bombs!
Let’s take a look at how I chose to wear them in these swatches!
Carol has a chocolate-brown tinted base with a mix of copper, gold, and blue glitter. I layered Carol over Milani’s Chocolate Sprinkles (swatched here) to bring out the copper glitter. Very pretty!
This is Nichole layered over Barielle’s Grape Escape. Nichole is a clear-base polish with red, white, and silver glitter. This polish mix is absolutely perfect for the Fourth of July!
Alessandra is a jelly-red tinted base polish with red, gold, and green glitter. This is a very festive mix for the winter holidays. Here I layered Alessandra over Barielle’s Rachel Red.
Mary is a deep, raspberry jelly polish with a unique blend of black, fuchsia, and silver glitter. Because the jelly base is very dark, I chose to wear Mary alone with two coats to get a ‘squishy’ jelly sandwich manicure.
Julia is a snowy blend of baby blue and silver iridescent micro glitter. Here I am wearing one coat over OPI’s What’s With the Cattitude? from the Shrek collection.
Kelly is a lovely blend of gold and green glitter in a green jelly base. I layered her over Barielle’s Do Unto Others. Kelly is going to be on my fingers for St. Patrick’s day for sure!
Jasmine is a tan jelly polish with a stunning blend of blue, gold, green, and red glitter. I layered Jasmine over American Apparel’s Mouse, which is a tan creme to complement the tan jelly base.
Elsa has a pink-tinted base with gold, blue, green, and red glitter. I layered one coat of Elsa over Nicole by OPI’s Naturally. Such a girly and cute blend of glitter!
Brooklyn is a clear-base polish with green, turquoise, purple, and gold glitter. I layered Brooklyn over JESSICA Cosmetics’ Sophia (swatched here).
Oh my, check out Amy! This is such an eye-catching glitter blend of blue, pink, green, purple, and more! I layered just one coat of Amy over Milani’s Black Swift. You can really see how dense this glitter is.
Vicki is a fuchsia jelly with gold and pink micro glitter. I layered Vicki over JESSICA Cosmetics’ Amira (swatched here).
You made it to the end of this post! This is two coats of Eva, which is a very deep, plum-red jelly with black and pink micro glitter.
Whew! That was a lot to look at, huh? Well, what do you think?
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